Meet our Coaches

Capital Thunder has one of the most experienced coaching staffs in Northern California and has developed numerous players to continue the passion of hockey past the youth levels.

Our coaches believe that family is the center of every great hockey program. Hockey is about families coming together every week to support the children and their community.

Passion Commitment Ingegrity

2022 - 2023 coaches

chris Hughes

Goalie Coach

Jon Hitesman

High School/16U - Head Coach

Cory Lange

High School/16U - Assistant Coach

Coach Cory has been coaching for seven years and has been with the Thunder for three. He has spent a lot of time playing pond hockey and outside of coaching he spends time with his family camping, skiing, hiking and swimming. Coach Cory also loves to decorate for Halloween and Christmas!

Scott Folena

14U - Bantam - Head Coach

Rusty Krouse

14U - Bantam - Asst. Coach

Coach Rusty has been with the Thunder for three seasons now, as both parent and coach. He played both ice and roller hockey from around age 10 through high school. He currently plays two nights a week in the local house league, at Skatetown, as well as coaches multiple youth, adult Learn To Play, and adult skills programs outside of CTYH. He is a self-proclaimed craft beer enthusiast (alright, maybe just a beer enthusiast), who enjoys woodworking as a hobby, watching his daughter’s travel soccer club and high school teams play, and enjoying ice time with his wife, who is learning to play ice hockey!

Jason Davis

14U - Bantam - Asst. Coach

Matt Strinden

12U - Peewee - Head Coach

Rob Lapsley

12U - Peewee - Assistant Coach

Heath Hodel

10U- Squirt - Head Coach

Bruce Barragan

10U - Squirt - Assistant Coach

Coach Bruce started playing hockey in norther California 50 years ago and has been coaching in northern California for 40 years. He knew he wanted to coach when he was a bantam and never looked back. This is his 19th year with the Capital Thunder, having coached at all levels. He’s a great outdoorsman as he enjoys backpacking and camping, but also loves to golf! He loves spending time with his family and is ready to be a grandpa!